Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Revlon Photoready and ColourStay

Over the last couple of weeks I've taken advantage of some of the 3 for 2 offers from Boots and decided to continue experimenting with liquid foundations, which wouldn't normally be my foundation texture of choice as I prefer cream based ones.

I picked up 2 foundations from Revlon - Photoready and ColourStay - I know that these are probably old news to most but what can I say...I'm just a slow coach:)

Revlon PhotoReady
I had read a lot about this one and very often the reviews haven't been all too positive. The issue that most people seem to have with it is that it contains shimmer particles. You won't really be able to see the shimmer when swatching the foundation in the store so it can be quite baffling and leave you thinking "what on earth is everyone complaining about"? Once the foundation has been applied to the face you'll only be able to detect the shimmer if you have a close up look in the mirror especially on a sunny day - so no biggie if you live in a place with gloomy weather...:)

I think that I was drawn to trying out this foundation for two reasons - first was the fact that it has an SPF of 20 and second were the shimmer particles which everyone seems to detest but that's because I have normal skin and like making it look shiny...

The foundation itself has great packaging due to it's very easy to use pump. It dries to a satin matte finish and provides medium coverage. Bare in mind that the sparkles are apparent in the sun so if you don't like that sort of thing then stay away from it. It does help however if you keep the foundation standing upright all the time thus allowing the shimmer to settle more towards the bottom of the bottle.

Revlon ColourStay

Revlon's ColourStay foundation is available in two formulations to suit Normal/Dry and Oily/Combination skin types. It is a long lasting foundation which seems to have gained a lot of fans around the world and has been compared to quite a few high end foundations out there but happens to be a bit more purse friendly.

ColourStay smells a bit funny - a lot of people compare the scent to that of paint - I however don't seem to mind the smell and actually quite like it. However the smell is not very long lasting and disappears soon after application.
The big downside to this foundation is most probably the packaging which is just a simple glass bottle with no pump.
You need to be quite careful when pouring it out and I assume that it's also going to be difficult getting the last bits out once it nears the end.

The foundation has a thick texture and provides matte coverage. It dries pretty quickly and can thus be a tad too difficult to blend so fast application is required. I like to apply it either with my fingers or a foundation brush.

ColourStay seems to stay on all day on my skin but then again I don't seem to have much problems with the lasting power of other foundations either as my skin doesn't really have any oily zones.

Have you tried PhotoReady or ColourStay - which do you prefer as I can't seem to decide?

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Bourjois Round Pots of Eyeshadow

I know, I know! I haven't posted in ages (guilty face) so it's great to finally get around to it...things have just been quite hectic but in a positive sort of way...I really need to start blogging more often!

If you've been visiting my blog during my absence then thank you very much for your patience!
Anyway, to get back into the swing of things, here are my thoughts on two lovely eyeshadows that I've been reaching for quite a lot lately.
Although Bourjois Round Pots have been around for ages, I purchased my very first two pots of Bourjois eyeshadow about two weeks ago as I've always found them to be a bit of a "hit and miss" sort of product.
When swatching them at the drugstore I've found a lot of these eyeshadows to either be poorly pigmented, too glittery or gritty in texture. There have been some exceptions though - and I purchased two colours that I would gladly recommend from this brand.

Shade 08 - a creamy beige, champagne sort of colour and Shade 74 - a rich plummy brown.
swatch of nr 08
I find shade 08 to be such a great bridal sort of colour. It works great on its own all over the lid or as a highlight colour. I love, love, love it!

swatch of nr 74
I use shade 74 all over the lid and up to the crease. It's just a really modern and chic plummy brown. 

Both of these have a very creamy, soft and smooth texture as well as great pigmentation. I'll probably get another pot of 08 just in case cause I've been using it daily and I wouldn't wanna run out...

Let me know which round pots are your faves?